Volunteers are still needed Tuesday nights beginning Nov. 1, for Room in the Inn . This wonderful minsitry serves the homeless of our community in a practical & simple way. Contact Kim Hovious, Pastoral Associate, 348-3126 for more information.
Welcome to the Basilica of St. Joseph!
We are the Proto (first) Cathedral in the United States of America west of the Allegheny Mountains, the heart of the Diocese of Bardstown serving 10 states. Built to welcome pioneers and to serve their spiritual, physical and intellectual needs as well as all who followed them.
We invite you to visit and to join us.
Your prayers will strengthen us and we invite you to share your prayer requests with us. We would like to meet you in person at Mass. Please introduce yourself or, you may find an electronic message more convenient.
Our Mission is to embody Christ who never ceases to unite to God all who came to Him.
Fr. Terry Bradshaw
It is said “Better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” The church has pro- claimed The Risen Christ to be a light shining through the darkness. There is an ancient tra- dition of lighting a candle when offering a votive (gift to God). It is a concrete way of thank- ing God for His blessings even as we petition His grace for current needs.
Also, the lighting of a candle can initiate a prayer that continues to keep vigil for us in church when we must move on.
Whether it is a votive candle in thanksgiving or a vigil light, both sacramentals assist us in our prayer; give witness to those who see the light; and bring that “light” to shine on those in need through our charitable donation (the votive offering).
The renewal of our candle stand makes each light more visible by way of the marble riser; inspires us to light a candle and offer a prayer through the message etched in the metal as well as protecting the church from fire and smoke damage.
Proceeds from the offerings will go to our charitable outreach to those in need. What better way to Thank God and witness His light in our world.
Blessings, Fr. Terry